Chief Instructor, Louis Toledo
10th Degree Black Belt
In May, 2010 Louis received the who’s who in the martial arts international pioneer award, for decades of martial arts commitment, dedication and production of fine upstanding students. Louis is a former full-contact karate competitor and a United Nations Champion. Louis is the founder of Shura Jutsu fighting arts.
More recently Louis was inducted into the WHO’S WHO IN MARTIAL ARTS INTERMATIONAL HALL OF FAME, on November 20th 2010 he received the respected title of FOUNDER OF THE YEAR making him a three-time hall of famer.
We teach a fine mixture of Japanese and Okinawan core Karate, blended into an effective yet still traditional self-defense system.
In addition we teach sport karate for competition. Students do not have to compete in competition if they do not wish to and can enjoy the extra knowledge offered regardless.
Stacey Lituchy resurrected her karate training in 2008 as a student under Hanshi Toledo, where she recently was promoted to black belt. Prior to studying at Maplewood Karate, Stacey was a student of Seido Karate, a traditional Japanese style founded by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura. She studied Seido for 6 years, where she progressed to advanced brown belt. Stacy now holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt under Hanshi Toledo)
Peggy Excell-Stone re-entered karate training in 2011 at Maplewood Karate under Hanshi Toledo and was promoted to black belt in May of 2012.
Peggy began her karate training in Atlanta in Cuong Nhu, a Vietnamese style incorporating 7 different styles of martial arts, such as Shotokan and Jiu Jitsu. She studied there for 4 years. She also trained for several years in Moo Duk Kwan, a Korean style with a heavy focus on traditional Japanese karate, attaining the rank of senior red belt. Peggy now holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt under Hanshi Toledo)
Rachel has been traing with us for two years, in both kickboxing and Karate programs. she holds the rank of San Kyu (SR Purple Belt) and is certified to teach our kickboxing program. You can train with Rachel on Monday mornings at 9:00 am.
Lisa grew up in Chicago and has always lead an active lifestyle. Her kickboxing experience began 20 years ago and remains to be a strong piece of her fitness regime. Her enthusiastic nature will inspire you to reach your greatest potential. As a kickboxing instructor at Maplewood Karate and Kickboxing she is enthusiastic and pushes you to find your inner strength and commitment! On any given day in Maplewood you can find Lisa running, spinning, kickboxing, playing tennis, or hanging out with her husband and 3 boys.